Nettie Perkins hurried down Summit Avenue in St. Paul toward the home of Beth Brandon. The lush trees shaded the street as she walked past the stately William B. Dean house. The first mansion on the street was built in 1855 when land was going for about one dollar per acre. The wealth of people living here came from trading, lumber harvesting, printing, and mining. She knew her mother lusted after the new wealth along this street.
She brushed a strand of auburn hair out of her eyes as she ran up the steps to the front door of the stone mansion.
Late again. I pray the girls are not too upset with me.
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